4 easy tips for winter nutrition

March 15, 2019 (458 words)

[Headline: Easy tips for winter nutrition]

During winter, most people crave their favorite comfort foods. Nutrient-dense ingredients and cooking tricks can help you maintain a healthy routine, according to Nutrition Shipped's dietitian McKel Hill.

Focus on real food

Avoid fast food and artificial ingredients. Stock up on leafy greens, nuts and fruits. Recreate favorite comfort food in a healthy way, like vegan fettuccine Alfredo. 

Find the right tools

Good cooking tools get the job done faster. LG’s smart ovens with ProBake Convection ensure even baking, and their large capacity lets you cook several dishes at once. 

Plan ahead

Plan your meals ahead. You won’t be tempted by takeout if you have ingredients for delicious meals at home. 

Prep healthy snacks 

Make healthy choices like packable snacks. Prep pre-portioned carrots and hummus or tuna and crackers. The LG InstaView refrigerator’s door-in-door feature allows you to grab prepped items without opening the main door.

5 ways to customize a bathroom space

March 12, 2019 (547 words)

[Headline: Custom faucets create personalized bathrooms]

Want your bathroom to better reflect your personality? Both the sink and bath faucet can add style and functionality to the space. KOHLER’s Components line of interchangeable faucet elements offers a wide range of timeless, modern options that allow you to create a personalized faucet configuration tailor-made for any environment and decor. Choose your spout, then handle and finally finish — polished chrome, matte black, titanium and brushed nickel — for an ideal update that suits your design ideals.

Faucets: Both the sink and bath faucet can add style and functionality to the bathroom. KOHLER’s Components line of interchangeable faucet elements offers a wide range of timeless, modern options that allow you to create a personalized faucet configuration tailor-made for any environment and decor. Choose your spout, then handle and finally finish — polished chrome, matte black, titanium and brushed nickel — for an ideal update that suites your design ideals.

Tech tools that can help you cut your healthcare costs

March 08, 2019 (471 words)

[Headline: Tech to the rescue for patients and doctors]

New technologies give doctors transparency into a patient’s prescription coverage while making the patient more engaged in taking care of their health.

“Doctors can use the new tools to provide drug and coverage information on the spot,” said Express Scripts’ Dr. Lynne Nowak. “This guarantees you’re getting the right medication at the best price. It also lets your doctor know if your medication requires prior authorization before you go to the pharmacy to fill your prescription.”

If your doctor is not yet using these tools, you may still be able to access your personalized information right from your phone through your health plan or pharmacy benefits manager app available for your smartphone. These offer information about the drug being prescribed, the out-of-pocket costs, the pharmacy offering the best price in your area and if there are alternatives or generics available for you. 

3 tips to make your bathroom more inviting and functional

February 19, 2019 (531 words)

[Headline: Bringing tech into the bathroom]

Technology plays a big role in most of our lives, so it’s no surprise that it has started to pop up in bathroom designs, too. Consider how technology can simplify your daily routine. For example, defogging technology can be built into the vanity mirror to allow one person to shower while another is using the mirror. For items like an electric toothbrush or razor, consider installing USB ports inside the medicine cabinet to ensure they are always ready to use.

Technology can bring entertainment into the bathroom as well. If you like to start off the day with some energetic music or unwind in the bath listening to your favorite podcast, Bluetooth technology can add entertainment without sacrificing counter space.

The bathroom plays an important role in your day-to-day life. Find more ideas for bathroom upgrades at www.robern.com.

Home delivery of medications could save you money: What you should know

February 07, 2019 (590 words)

[Headline: Home delivery of your meds]

Home delivery of prescription medications can help people who manage chronic conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol or diabetes to save money, avoid trips to the pharmacy and improve their health. Susan Peppers, vice president of pharmacy practice at Express Scripts, answers some frequently asked questions about home delivery.

1. Could I save money through home delivery?

Yes, you could save up to approximately 66 percent in out-of-pocket expenses when compared to the cost of filling prescriptions at retail.

2. Will I get my next prescription on time?

Medications are automatically sent to your home and you can also call or go online to check on the status of your order.

3. Why can home delivery be good for my health?

Studies show home delivery can improve adherence to medications, which is one of the most important things you can do to manage chronic conditions and improve health outcomes.

4 simple tips to satisfy your comfort food cravings

February 06, 2019 (821 words)

[Headline: Satisfy your comfort food cravings]

After a long, chilly day, digging into a hearty pasta dish or a piping hot bowl of soup can fill you with warmth.

The good news is that comfort foods don’t have to be unhealthy or take a lot of time to make. Consider these tips:

* Combine frozen and prepared foods with fresh produce. That can be much easier and faster than cooking a full meal from scratch.

* Try recipes featuring a balance of protein, dairy and vegetables. Cozy up on the couch with a rich and tasty mug of minestrone soup loaded with seasonal vegetables. Adding refrigerated pasta like Buitoni Three Cheese Tortellini helps make it a complete meal, cutting time on preparation, but not on taste.

* Use fruit to indulge your sweet tooth. Because fruits offer greater nutritional value, consider warm berry cobblers, baked apples, carrot cake and/or smoothies.

5 ways to create an inviting room using tile

February 05, 2019 (625 words)

[Headline: Tile spruces up any room]

Looking to create an inviting room? Consider tile:

Elevate small spaces. Use tiles interchangeably to create a design, elevating baseboards, fireplace surrounds or backsplash areas.

Make a color statement. Choose colors that work with elements already in the room. Consider complementary color pairs such as red-green, blue-orange or yellow-purple. 

Create a calm mood. Everyone wants their home to be a sanctuary. Choose colors, lines, shapes and scale with simplicity in mind to create a calm feeling.

Personalize your space. Work with a designer or manufacturer to make your space your own. The Ann Sacks Radius Collection by designer Barbara Barry provides tools for consumers or designers to customize patterns. 

Create visual interest. Choose differently textured materials to break up an ordinary surface. Tile adds an interesting textural element to a room.

Newborn to 13+: Car safety tips for kids of all ages

February 01, 2019 (664 words)

[Headline: Is your child in the right car seat?]

Parents trust their car seat or booster seat will keep their child protected in a crash, but is your seat truly safe?

Every 33 seconds, a child under 13 is involved in a car crash, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. Even more startling: Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1-13, so parents should be proactive about making sure their child has the best protection possible whenever they’re in the car.

One of the most common mistakes parents and caregivers make is moving children too soon to the next restraint type (whether that’s the next car seat, booster seat or seat belt) or direction (rear-facing to forward-facing). Parents should always make sure the car seat is appropriate for their child's age, height and weight.

For information about choosing the right seat and finding a nearby car seat check location, visit NHTSA.gov/TheRightSeat.

 

Could you have a heart attack? Reduce your odds through these tips

January 31, 2019 (594 words)

[Headline: Reduce risk of heart attack]

Many Americans consider themselves well-informed about their health, but remain unfazed by the threat of heart disease.

That was among findings in the MDVIP Heart Attack IQ Survey, a national study showing Americans are more concerned about cancer — although cardiovascular disease kills more people than all cancers combined. 

Consider these suggestions for reducing your risk of heart attack:

* Partner with your primary. Work with a physician who can provide ongoing support to keep you motivated and accountable. Those in the MDVIP network maintain smaller practices so that they can devote more time to each patient and provide important coaching.

* Schedule screenings. Regularly track blood pressure, cholesterol and whether you have inflammation in your arteries or insulin resistance.

* Make heart-healthy changes. Don’t skip exercise, weight management or smoking cessation programs. 

* Sleep more, stress less. Insufficient sleep and excessive stress can strain your heart and affect eating habits, mood and overall health. 

Building a new home? Protect yourself against today's faster, scarier fires

January 29, 2019 (556 words)

[Headline: Protect your new home against today's fires]

If you're building a new home, a top priority should be the best possible fire protection: home fire sprinklers. Home fires today are hotter and faster than fires of the past and become deadly in just two minutes.

Guidelines for customizing your fire protection:

* Your contractor will customize your fire sprinklers to protect your home and its unique design.

* Sprinklers will be supplied by the household water main or a tank and pump if the house is on a well.

* Fire sprinklers work automatically if there’s a fire, controlling or extinguishing the blaze while it’s still small.

* Each fire sprinkler works independently based on its identification of high heat. Home sprinklers aren't set off by smoke alarms, burnt toast or cigarettes.

Get more info from the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a non-commercial educational organization offering free information and resources. Follow HFSC on Facebook and Twitter.

Getting the care you need: Find your health care 'quarterback'

January 29, 2019 (917 words)

[Headline: Finding a geriatrician]

With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, the demand for geriatricians continues to grow. And despite a shortage of certified geriatricians as the demand increases, many geriatricians will see a patient on a one-time or as-needed basis and make recommendations to the patient’s primary care physician.

The American Geriatrics Society offers information about how to find a geriatrician, and many larger hospitals and university medical centers have geriatricians on staff that will see new patients. If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, be sure to confirm whether a geriatrician you want to see is in your plan’s network and if your plan requires a referral from your primary care physician before a geriatrician visit will be covered.

UnitedHealthcare members can get help with those questions, from scheduling your next checkup to helping you find a specialist to getting the treatment you need.

6 tips for reducing your out-of-pocket medication costs

January 28, 2019 (650 words)

[Headline: Get help with prescription costs]

Many Americans skip doses of medication or don’t fill prescriptions because they can’t afford them. There are several ways to lower your out-of-pocket expenses when you need prescription drugs. Dan Klein, president and CEO of the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation, offers the following tips to help you afford the medications that you need.

1. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Be clear about your financial situation and what you can afford.

2. Sign up for FundFinder. This app monitors assistance programs and lets you know when funds are available to help pay for your prescriptions.

3. Use coupons. Coupons may be available for your medication.

4. Ask for generic drugs. Generic drugs are often cheaper and just as effective as branded drugs.

5. Look for state assistance. Many states offer pharmaceutical assistance programs.

6. Review your Medicare options. Make sure your plan meets your health and financial needs.

3 ways to prepare for stormy weather

January 22, 2019 (526 words)

[Headline: 3 ways to prepare for bad weather]

Prep your family. Make sure phone numbers are written down (not just on phones), in case batteries go dead or service is inaccessible. Create a plan for weather emergencies. Ensure older children can find emergency supplies if power goes out before parents are home.

Prep your car. Invest in good tires, confirming they're in top condition to avert accidents when road conditions are poor. Catch up on car maintenance and manufacturer recalls. Store emergency supplies, like jumper cables, a first-aid kit, blankets and safety flares, in your trunk.

Prep your home. Create an emergency box with flashlights, batteries, water, non-perishable food and first-aid kit. Be prepared for power outages by investing in a generator. Kohler automatic standby generators are permanently installed outside a home and turn on within seconds of a power loss, even when nobody is home. 

Common cold or pulmonary fibrosis? Know the symptoms

January 16, 2019 (570 words)

[Headline: Do you have pulmonary fibrosis?]

While the condition is largely unknown, more than 200,000 Americans are living with pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive, debilitating lung disease.

There are three main symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis — shortness of breath, a dry, hacking cough and fatigue. If you have two or more of these lingering symptoms, they should be taken seriously and you should speak with your physician.

To help you start that conversation with your doctor, a Pulmonary Fibrosis Risk List is available at AboutPF.org.

To be diagnosed, you may need further testing, like pulmonary function testing and/or high-resolution computed tomography, after a thorough exam with your physician.

If further action is needed, you can find a local pulmonologist through the PFF Care Center Network, which includes centers with experience in pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis and treatment.

For more information or to find a pulmonologist near you, visit AboutPF.org.

How ancient ingredients can give your winter health a boost today

January 14, 2019 (575 words)

[Headline: Ancient cold remedies]

Honey. Honey has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Honey is rich in vitamins B and C, and minerals like calcium, iron, zinc and more. Manuka honey, out of New Zealand, is getting a lot of attention lately for its super beneficial qualities.

Echinacea. Grown in North America, echinacea, which comes from the coneflower, has been part of Native American traditional medicine for hundreds of years. It has historically been reported to support the immune system, and today, we know echinacea to do the same. You can find it in liquid form, or in supplements. Swisse Immune Forte combines echinacea with elderflower, vitamin C and zinc for a powerful combination of immune-supporting effects.

Andrographis. Andrographis is a plant native to South Asian countries often used to make medicine. Andrographis is rich in compounds called andrographolides (hence the name), which are said to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

The top 5 supplements everyone should be taking in the new year

January 14, 2019 (615 words)

[Headline: Tips for choosing supplements]

Not all supplements are created equal. Here are the top four supplements on the market today, and insights into what to look for on the label.

Multivitamin: The Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) most multivitamins provide are only the minimal doses to avoid deficiencies. That's not enough. Look for a high-potency multivitamin.

Curcumin/turmeric: Super BioCurcumin by Life Extension absorbs up to seven times better than conventional supplements, providing strong anti-inflammatory protection for your body.

Fish oil: The EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil promote heart health and cognitive health.

Probiotic: Look for supplements that only target the bad bacteria, leaving the good bacteria in your gut alone.

Survey reveals mistakes, misconceptions about formula feeding infants

January 08, 2019 (658 words)

[Headline: Save money on baby formula]

According to a Perrigo Nutrition survey, 20 percent of moms worried about what formula to purchase in the first few months of their baby’s life. One way to stretch budgets without sacrificing quality is to use store-brand formulas that meet the same strict FDA standards as nationally advertised brands. 

“Store-brand formula will provide complete nutrition for baby just like any brand-name formula,” says Dr. Jennifer Gardner. “All infant formulas are required to meet the same FDA standards, which means store-brand formula has the same quality as other brand names but costs less. More importantly, there’s no need for parents to take unnecessary risks such as diluting formula to save money when they can trust that store-brand formula is a high-quality and affordable option.”

4 things you might not know about boat shows

January 04, 2019 (521 words)

[Headline: Climb aboard at your local boat show]

Plan for warmer days by visiting a boat show, a major draw for 142 million Americans, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. 

* Warm up with hot deals. Hundreds of new models are available at the best prices of the year. Order a boat to ensure it arrives by spring.

* Navigate the boating lifestyle. Learn the ropes of boating for little to no cost. Boat shows offer fun, interactive activities for the whole family. 

* Invest in your health. According to a Discover Boating survey, 72 percent of Americans reported feeling healthier spending time on the water. Boaters experience positive health benefits like stress reduction. 

* Look for the seal of approval. NMMA Certified boat and trailer manufacturers have been independently inspected to ensure they meet strict industry standards for safety and construction, as well as all federal regulations. 

Visit DiscoverBoating.com to find a boat show near you.

5 dermatologist tips for winter skincare

January 03, 2019 (663 words)

[Headline: A dermatologist's winter skincare tips]

The chill, the dryness, the itch: As temperatures drop, winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Fortunately, you can fight winter's wrath by taking a few smart, proactive steps from dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein.

Stay warm, not hot: Hot water strips the skin of natural moisture that keeps it healthy, hydrated and protected. Take a short, lukewarm shower and cozy up afterward in a warm blanket instead.

Ditch the itch: To help maintain extra hydration, be sure to moisturize daily with a thick option like CeraVe Healing Ointment. This is especially important right after showering to seal in and restore lost moisture.

Dress smart: Continue to wear your favorite wool sweaters and avoid the itch by adding a light, breathable shirt underneath so the wool doesn't directly touch your body.

5 things parents should know before choosing a summer camp

December 28, 2018 (678 words)

[Headline: How to pick the right summer camp]

Use this helpful guide from Bricks 4 Kidz to help you choose the right summer camp for your child.

* To find a wide variety of local options, check your town’s parks department as well as nonprofit organizations. Teachers and coaches are also great resources.

* The notion of camp promises an immersive and engaging experience. Look closely at each program to make sure the organizers promote this idea.  

* Make sure your child is on board. Consider your child's interests and how camp can make them stronger.

* Don’t forget the fun factor. Good camps should leave space in the sessions for kids to cut loose and bond with each other.

* Choose well-established programs with experienced leaders, so you know your child is getting that high-quality, consistent experience.

4 steps for a healthier you

December 27, 2018 (369 words)

[Headline: 4 steps for a healthier you]

Instead of taking on large, difficult-to-maintain resolutions, there are smaller, simpler steps and habits that can be embraced, bringing a lasting healthier you into the new year.

Self-care isn’t selfish: Everyone needs a break from their social life on occasion.

Bring on the breakfast: Though it might feel like a huge time saver, skipping breakfast is actually detrimental to your day.

Treat the small stuff: Treating minor health conditions can be just as important for overall health as visiting the doctor for more serious concerns. Quick relief for bum discomfort, such as itching and burning, is achievable with Preparation H Totables Irritation Relief Wipes.

Work, walk, work. Repeat: Set a timer and get up for a five-minute lap around the office or house every hour or so.

5 ways to get financially fit this new year

December 26, 2018 (711 words)

[Headline: Tips for a fiscally fit 2019]

According to a new survey from Marcus by Goldman Sachs, 74 percent of Americans think their financial well-being has an impact on their overall health and 64 percent feel they are not in the best financial shape they could be. On top of that, half of those surveyed (50 percent) think it’s easier to get into better physical shape than financial shape and 59 percent consider tracking expenses and budgeting to be more stressful than trying a new workout.

Although New Year’s resolutions to improve financial fitness may seem daunting, they are achievable. Here are five simple ways to help achieve better financial fitness in 2019:

* Take control of debt

* Establish an achievable budget

* Track spending

* Consider a high-yield online savings account

* Partner with a friend or family member working toward the same financial goal.

Stir crazy? Tips to help guys maintain their sanity

December 21, 2018 (431 words)

[Headline: Stir-crazy? Try these tips]

The winter months are known as a leading cause of indoor stir-craziness. Here are some outside-the-box ideas to help maintain sanity.

Establish an indoor work station

Tackling the list of projects around the house requires a work station where you can get things done, though being confined indoors means that space is at a premium. The portable Keter folding work table from Northern Tool + Equipment is an efficient way to establish this home base that you can easily fold up and store when finished.

Embrace the elements

The only surefire way to overcome stir-craziness is to get outside, no matter what the elements may present. If it’s snowing, try a snowmobile rental. If your area has been hit with heavy rains, fight back by taking the truck out “muddin.’” Be creative and get the whole family involved.

YOUR CANCER Movement Brings Community Together to Recognize Those Making a Difference

December 21, 2018 (331 words)

[Headline: Website offers cancer resources]

If you’re fighting cancer, you’re not alone.

In fact, you’re part of a team made up of patients, caregivers, nurses, researchers, payers, HCPs, policy makers and advocacy groups, all fighting the good fight to overcome the pervasive and often heartbreaking disease. 

That’s the primary message of a new movement sponsored by AstraZeneca known as YOUR Cancer, which works to spotlight progress being made in the cancer community, to engage community members and recognize those making a difference. The movement features a website (YOURCancer.org) that rounds up resources, articles, clinical trials and other relevant information involving different forms of cancer.

You can join the fight by visiting www.YOURCancer.org and reading accounts of some of the many patients, caregivers, doctors, researchers and advocates playing critical roles in the cancer community. Help recognize those making a difference by sharing the stories you read on social media, using the tag #YOURCANCER.

6 best foods to donate to food banks

December 21, 2018 (655 words)

[Headline: Recipe: Spicy Mandarin Orange 4 Bean Salad]

For Dole Packaged Food's hunger relief campaign, Chef Jamie Gwen created this delicious recipe from ingredients commonly donated to food banks. 

Spicy Mandarin Orange 4 Bean Salad

1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (15 ounces) green beans, drained, rinsed
2 cans (11 or 15 ounces) Dole Mandarin Oranges, drained
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
1 to 2 small jalapeno peppers, minced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt, freshly ground pepper

Mix kidney beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, green beans, mandarin oranges, celery and jalapenos in large bowl. Whisk vinegar, oil, sugar in small bowl until sugar dissolves. Add salt, black pepper to taste. Pour dressing over bean mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate 1-2 hours minimum before serving.

Winter can be stressful: Try these 4 tips

December 20, 2018 (483 words)

In the United States, a survey found that seven out of 10 people reported feeling some stress daily. To help you stay calm and focused, consider these four ways to reduce stress.

Smells: Certain smells can bring back specific and detailed memories. Seeking out smells that bring back those happy memories can help reduce stress levels.

Salt: Stress is characterized in the human body by high levels of the hormone cortisol, the "stress hormone.” Scientific research has shown that increased levels of salt consumption are effective in reducing levels of cortisol.

Pets: Animal therapy has long been used to relieve stress, improve mood and treat anxiety. Some studies have indicated that just being around an animal can reduce blood pressure.

Exercise: Regular exercise, even if mild, may be the best stress reducer there is. When you are active the body releases endorphins, which produce a feeling of well-being.

5 simple ways to bring more color to your home

December 20, 2018 (558 words)

[Headline: Create a colorful home]

Lifestyle expert Camille Styles offers simple ways to bring color into your home:

Paint an accent wall: An accent wall commands attention, and will easily become the new focal point of any room.

Add a vibrant rug: A rug with a bright color or pattern can help create the illusion of more space and make it more inviting.  

Start small: Incorporate a new, bold tone with items like a coffee table accessory or oversized pillows.

Embrace the unexpected: For example, paint the trim instead of the wall. EasyCare Ultra Premium Paint’s Crow color will definitely wow your guests.

Introduce different, colorful textures: Add a plush throw blanket or a woven basket for visual variation.

Omega-3s: Do you really know what they are, and if you are getting enough?

December 19, 2018 (509 words)

[Headline: Are you getting enough omega-3s?]

Unlike many other important measures of health, most people have no awareness of their omega-3 levels.

Omega-3s are found in fatty fish such as salmon and sardines. But many people have difficulty achieving optimal levels with diet alone. According to one study, among people who believed they were eating a balanced diet, 98 percent had below the optimal level.

Resources can help us learn where our levels stand — the Omega-3 Index test, a simple blood test, unveils what percentage of red blood cells contain EPA and DHA.

A brief quiz online provides a general guide for individual omega-3 scores. The five-question quiz at www.knowyouromega3s.com was launched by MegaRed, an omega-3 supplement brand dedicated to helping support overall health. By answering the simple questions, you can determine if your levels might be low, and learn helpful tips and actions to ensure you are getting enough.

Dogs are making a difference in hospitals

December 18, 2018 (583 words)

[Headline: Dogs as hospital helpers]

In-residence dogs are highly trained service dogs that work in healthcare settings and perform specialized tasks. They are trained to create an emotional connection with pediatric patients, helping to provide them with joy, comfort and other medical benefits. They can be trained to help children keep still during tests and even do incredible things like teach kids how to take a pill and model how to put on a hospital gown.

The Joy in Childhood Foundation is inviting children’s hospitals nationwide to apply for a Dogs for Joy grant if they’re interested in launching a new in-residence dog program or expanding an existing program. Funds awarded cover costs for launching and maintaining an in-residence dog program at a hospital, including adoption of the dog, training of select staff, dog food, dog grooming needs, dog toys and more. Applicants can visit www.joyinchildhoodfoundation.org/dogsforjoy to apply until March 31, 2019.

 

5 simple tips for the best batch of cookies

December 17, 2018 (624 words)

[Headline: 5 simple cookie tips]

* Get a food scale. For consistent results, weigh ingredients, especially flour. The rule of thumb: Every cup of white flour equals 5 ounces.

Use high-quality ingredients. Use the best quality natural ingredients and flavorings, such as double-strength, flavor-rich Watkins All Natural Baking Vanilla Extract, to bake your best cookies yet.

Chill the dough. Chilling dough for at least an hour prevents cookies from over-spreading while baking. Another upside: You can prepare dough ahead of time and chill until you’re ready to bake.

Use parchment paper. No need for pricey baking sheets. Parchment paper on each cookie sheet does wonders for preventing overdone cookie bottoms.

Decorate with care. Start with good dough (chilled) and use cookie cutters for perfect shapes. Wait for cookies to cool before applying icing or toppings. Use a variety of toppings (candies, sprinkles, icing, etc.) for beautiful results.

5 tips to prevent the spread of an infectious superbug

December 14, 2018 (650 words)

[Headline: 5 ways to prevent MRSA]

Infectious diseases, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), are spreading rapidly among public places like gyms and schools, but prevention efforts should continue at home. Consider the following MRSA prevention tips:

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

2. Keep to yourself and do not share personal items, such as towels or razors.

3. Regularly clean countertops and other surfaces in our home with an EPA-registered disinfectant, like Clorox Regular Bleach with Cloromax.

4. Act fast and take care of cuts and open wounds by covering them with a clean, dry bandage until healed.

5. Use a barrier, such as a towel, between skin and shared equipment at the gym.

Learn more on how to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria, such as MRSA, at Clorox.com.

New insulin help center offers options to reduce patient costs

December 13, 2018 (488 words)

Some people with diabetes in the U.S. face increasingly high out-of-pocket costs for insulin, a medicine that regulates sugar levels in the blood and allows cells to use and store sugar for energy. Some are confronted with difficult financial choices and dire healthcare consequences.

In response, Eli Lilly and Company, a major insulin manufacturer, is offering new solutions to lower and cap monthly out-of-pocket costs for people who pay at or near full list price, including launching a helpline. The Lilly Diabetes Solution Center provides answers for people who need help paying for insulin.

People calling the helpline at 833-808-1234 (9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday) will find experienced representatives to review the individual circumstances and identify options to help them pay for their Lilly insulin.

Based on market research, more than 400,000 people living with diabetes in the U.S. and Puerto Rico could benefit.

Cold brew coffee: How to enjoy this top 2019 food trend at home

December 13, 2018 (648 words)

[Headline: What is cold brew coffee?]

Cold brew coffee is slowly steeped in cool water using rich, coarser beans than you would in hot brewing at home. While you can brew a pot of traditional hot coffee in a few minutes, cold brew takes hours — 12 or more — to achieve the signature result.

Coffee made using the cold brew method has a smoother, naturally sweeter result that is less acidic than traditional hot-brewed coffee. The reason is organic acids (like citric, malic, formic, quinic and acetic) enhance coffee’s flavor and aroma, yet dissolve in hot water. The cold brewing method allows these important molecules to stay intact, which results in a difference you can taste. 

Java House(R) Authentic Cold Brew Dual-Use Liquid Pods can be enjoyed hot or cold at home, so you can taste the difference without all the work.

Did you know influenza complications can include heart attack and stroke? Most people didn’t.

December 07, 2018 (434 words)

[Headline: Unknown dangers of flu]

Medical experts are calling for improved annual influenza (flu) vaccination rates to protect U.S. adults from infection that can lead to serious health complications, especially for those with certain chronic health conditions. A new survey revealed that many do not realize the condition is more dangerous for those with a chronic health condition.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases recently conducted a consumer survey to better understand public awareness of the connection between chronic health conditions and serious complications of flu that revealed:

* Less than a quarter of U.S. adults recognize that people with heart disease (24 percent) and diabetes (22 percent) are at greater risk for flu-related complications.

* Less than 20 percent of U.S. adults are aware that heart attack (16 percent), worsening of diabetes (16 percent), stroke (13 percent) and disability (10 percent) can occur as potential complications of flu.

Visit www.nfid.org/flu-chronic-health-conditions for more information.

Standardized protocols needed to improve health outcomes related to pregnancy complications

December 06, 2018 (541 words)

[Headline: Improving maternal health outcomes]

Rates of maternal mortality and preterm birth continue to rise in the United States. But by standardizing protocols across the healthcare system, advocates say we could improve care for women.

The fractured nature of U.S. healthcare means patient care varies widely between providers. Advocates say the lack of standardized treatment plans lead to missed opportunities for improved outcomes.

For example, fetal fibronectin (fFN) testing is highly effective in determining the likelihood of a premature birth but remains significantly underutilized. This results in unnecessary hospitalizations and potentially dangerous situations where women are sent home when more care should have been provided.

Both Mayo Clinic and Brigham & Women’s Hospital saw improved maternal and fetal outcomes as well as reduced costs after standardizing triage protocols that include fFN testing.

Experts agree care must be tailored to individual patients, but advocates maintain increased use of standardized protocols could save lives and decrease preterm births.

Fighting an illness? 4 ways to boost your immune system

December 06, 2018 (643 words)

[Headline: Lifestyle changes to boost immunity]

You can make changes to your nutrition and lifestyle to help support health and immunity. These include:

* Decrease your exposure to bacteria, viruses and germs.

* Aim for 7 hours or more of sleep every night. If your sleep is interrupted, try a 30-minute nap during the day.

* Reduce stress by taking time to do things you enjoy such as spending time with family, spending time outdoors or reading. If your feelings of anxiety or depression make it difficult for you to complete daily tasks, talk to your healthcare team.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers free nutrition education and consultations to all cancer patients and caregivers. Visit www.LLS.org/nutrition for more information.

Putting your best face forward: 5 holiday beauty tips

December 04, 2018 (554 words)

[Headline: Brighten Your Beauty Routine]

As you relax and socialize this holiday season, consider these effective steps to make your face look brighter and more vibrant:

* Eat well and stay hydrated. When you cut out junk food, eat nourishing foods and drink plenty of water, your skin tends to reward you by looking clearer right away.

* Use a simple product that will whiten your smile. Turning your teeth dazzlingly white, even if they’ve been discolored by time and/or the frequent consumption of coffee, tea and red wine, can be difficult. Actress Debra Messing attributes her signature smile to Colgate Optic White(R) High Impact White(TM) Toothpaste, which features the key ingredient hydrogen peroxide. “I don’t mess around with anything that doesn’t work — who has time for that?” Messing notes.

* Tame those wayward eyebrows. These days, women and men are both paying more attention to the definition, shape and overall neatness of their brows. 

Hum bug: The flu is the holiday gift no one wants to receive

December 01, 2018 (427 words)

[Headline: Tips to avoid flu]

Here are the ServiceMaster Clean top seven tips for avoiding holiday flu infection:

Hand hygiene. Wash often and thoroughly with antibacterial soap. Use hand sanitizer frequently.

Get a flu shot. Flu vaccines may take up to two weeks to be effective, so be inoculated well before holiday parties begin.

Be careful of high-touch hot zones. Some surfaces (kitchen counters, doorknobs, bathroom faucets) are touched by lots of people. If you are hosting an event, clean hard surfaces thoroughly with a disinfectant cleaner.

Avoid close encounters. A flu-carrier in close proximity can make you ill. Keep your distance.

Drinking-glass roulette. Cups and glasses get misplaced or confused at parties. If you are unsure, get a new cup.

Toys and games are not always fun. Toys can be teeming with pathogens if handled by people who are ill. 

Mistletoe. Forget about it! Blow them a kiss instead.

Prep your kitchen against holiday pests with these 5 tricks

November 30, 2018 (372 words)

[Headline: Keep pests out]

The experts at Terminix have a few tips for protecting your kitchen from insects, so that you can spend your time enjoying the holidays rather than combating pests.

Start with a deep clean: Clean your kitchen and pantry top to bottom, removing food spillage and stains that could attract pests. 

Don’t try to salvage contaminated food: If you find a food item that’s been contaminated, simply throw it out.  

Store supplies carefully: Seal the plethora of holiday leftovers and open packages in airtight containers.

Inspect new purchases for signs of damage: Be sure to examine each new food product for signs that it could already be infested.

Call in a professional: Trained technicians can help determine what kind of pest is trying to invite itself to your classy dinner, and how best to get rid of it. 

4 things you might not know about picking lights for your desk

November 29, 2018 (527 words)

[Headline: Picking the right desk light]

Proper task lighting is an easy hack that can improve your health, comfort and productivity at work.

1) Light affects your health: It influences your biological circadian rhythm, your emotions and overall sense of well-being.

2) Lighting needs vary based on age: According to Jonathan Puleio, a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) with Humanscale, “By the time we reach our 60s, we require more than 250 percent more contrast to view the same documents we did when we were in our 20s.”

3) Features make a difference: Prioritize quality of lighting (look for the latest LED technology), adjustability and footprint.

4) The light’s reach is also important: It should offer a wide range of light output so you can find the best brightness level to illuminate your work area.

Consider task lights to promote your ocular health and keep you comfortable while you work.

Luxury entertaining for the holidays

November 29, 2018 (420 words)

The holidays usher in a sense of celebration and opportunities for lavish seasonal gatherings. To leave a luxurious, lasting impression, try these tips from award-winning Chef Michael Voltaggio.

The experience: At the start of the event, greet guests with a cocktail topped with fragrant garnish, and introduce unexpected details, such as a passed amuse-bouche atop a slate serving platter.

The essentials: Every touchpoint should exude the same level of luxury, from the linens to the culinary tools used. For Voltaggio, this is especially true of kitchen faucets. The Artesso SmartTouch Pull-Down Prep Faucet by Brizo offers visual intrigue and touch technology.

Lavish pairings: Pair candlesticks of various heights with bone china; carefully select wine pairings for dishes.

Finishing touches: Ornament an autumnal risotto with shaved truffle to bring rich depth of flavor or infuse a wintry dessert with liquid nitrogen for an unexpected dining experience.

5 tips for avoiding the cold & flu this year

November 29, 2018 (539 words)

[Headline: 5 tips to avoid flu]

These tips can help prevent you and your family from catching the flu virus.

Disinfect: Disinfect surfaces in your home and workplace.

Wash your hands: Wash with warm water and soap for 60 seconds or longer as your best way to avoid germs.

Eat healthy foods: Keep nutritious food at your home and workplace and eat balanced meals to strengthen your immune system.

Get vaccinated: Getting vaccinated will overwhelmingly decrease the risk of getting the flu this cold and flu season.

Avoid the waiting room: Crowded waiting rooms can expose you to other people’s germs along with spreading yours. To avoid these spaces and get the treatment you or your dependents need, consider using a telemedicine service like Doctor On Demand to avoid the waiting room altogether this flu season.

4 easy health hacks to stay tough this winter season

November 27, 2018 (418 words)

[Headline: Winter health hacks]

Along with cooler temperatures, winter brings a host of preventable viruses.

Here are four simple daily hacks to keep you feeling strong this winter season:

* Get your zzz’s and establish a morning routine so your body can acclimate and regenerate.

* Add tough antioxidants with a glass of Welch’s 100% Grape Juice to give you 100% of the vitamin C you need.

* Eat for the season and seek out winter foods such as stews + soups that incorporate lean meats and dark leafy greens that are high in iron.

* Protect your gut to help boost your immunity and maximize your vitamin absorption. Opt for high-probiotic foods.

Whether you’re looking to dodge illness or get a head start on healthy habits for 2019, incorporate these easy tricks into your daily routine.

Eating healthy, eating safe

November 27, 2018 (448 words)

Each year, foodborne illnesses sicken close to 50 million Americans. A lot of these illnesses are caused by simple things like restaurant employees’ failure to properly wash hands, cooking surfaces and fruits and vegetables.

Salt is a very effective anti-bacterial in food. In fact, it is the oldest known food preserver.

Salt preservation works by influencing the amount of water that all microorganisms require to survive and grow. The use of salt in controlling water means that microbiological safety can be achieved with reduced heat, acidity and other preservatives. This results in a product of improved taste and nutritional quality. 

Food safety is an ongoing challenge for an enormous and complex food system, and although challenges continually arise, exercising caution and attention in food purchasing, storage and preparation will minimize the risks. Remember to not only eat healthy but to also eat safely.

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